Sulpician Named Auxiliary Bishop in Vietnam
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On 15 June 2013 the Holy See announced that Pope Francis had named Sulpician Father Alphonse Nguyen Huu LONG, pss, the rector of the major seminary in Hue and a priest of the Diocese of Danang, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Hung Hoa in the north of Vietnam. He has been assigned the Titular See of Gummi in Byzacena.
The bishop-elect was born in Hanoi, Vietnam, in 1953 and was ordained a priest in 1990. He entered the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice in 2004, and he has been serving as rector of the major seminary in Hue since 2011 and as Delegate for the Vietnamese Delegation of the French Province. He had previously served on the faculty of this seminary since 2003, fulfilling the roles of spiritual director and professor of canon law, church history, and catechesis. As a priest Bishop-elect Long also served as vicar for the parish of Tam Ky (1990-1994) and pastor for the parishes of Ha Lam (1999-2001) and Tra Kieu (2001-2003). He holds a license in Canon Law from the Institut Catholique of Paris, France.
Precise details for his episcopal ordination have not yet been announced. The Society of Saint Sulpice is very proud of the achievements of Bishop-elect Long, and we wish him every blessing and success in his new episcopal ministry.
Bishop-elect Long with the Superior General in the background, at a meeting with a Buddhist monk
The seminary faculty in Hue in January, 2013, during the canonical visit of the Superior General
Bishop-elect Long and others at a festive dinner during the canonical visit of the Superior General